The wisdom of our elders is our most valuable resource. In "A
Wealth of Wisdom, " a collection of stories, experiences, and
observations of more than fifty African Americans, ages seventy and
over, extraordinary men and women explain how we as a nation got to
where we are. With accounts by everyone from Maya Angelou and Ray
Charles to Robert Guillaume and Coretta Scott King, these pivotal
leaders -- representing every region in the nation and covering a
wide range of professional and personal lifestyles -- take us
behind their historic public moments to their underlying personal
The editors collected these stories as part of the National
Visionary Leadership Project, an organization that preserves and
recounts the lessons learned from our country's African American
elders so that the young people of today can be great leaders of
tomorrow. As Geoffrey Holder declares, "Find your great-aunt or
your favorite godmother, and ask them questions. They'll give you
all the answers -- their way. They are the writers of the
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